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ACTFL Announces New AAPPL Elementary for Grades 3 and 4

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Sherri Halloran
(703) 894-2900 x119

ALEXANDRIA, VA – ACTFL is pleased to announce that the ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) will now include an Interpersonal Listening and Speaking (ILS) form for students in Grades 3 and 4. This AAPPL Elementary ILS form will be available in English and Spanish and will be available to order March 1, 2020. In combination with this announcement, ACTFL has released the 2020 content topics for the AAPPL Elementary form.

The AAPPL Elementary form targets Novice to Intermediate levels of proficiency as described in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines and ratings are assigned according to the ACTFL Performance Descriptors for Language Learners.  

“The AAPPL Elementary form maintains the core design and fundamental construct of the AAPPL, yet it is developed specifically for students in Grades 3 and 4,” says Dr. Camelot Marshall, Principal Assessment Manager at ACTFL. “This elementary form will provide students, ages 8 and 9, an opportunity to demonstrate their language performance and progress toward proficiency within contexts that are appropriate for their age level.”

The AAPPL Elementary is an assessment of standards-based tasks for the Interpersonal Listening/ Speaking mode of communication, as defined by the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. In keeping with the ACTFL motto, “practice makes proficient,” the newly released topics allow teachers to create opportunities for students to practice “tasks within familiar contexts” (ACTFL Performance Descriptors for Language Learners, 2012, p. 5) for the Interpersonal Listening and Speaking mode.

A combination of performance and proficiency assessment practices is ideal for language learners who will transition from using the language in planned, rehearsed classroom settings (performance) to using it spontaneously in completely novel real-world settings (proficiency); the AAPPL combines these two approaches to focus attention on both what students have learned to do and what they can do in new settings.

As the ACTFL Performance Descriptors for Language Learners state, “the ratings that a language learner receives on a variety of performance assessments provide evidence of how the learner will be rated on an assessment of proficiency” (p. 4). Proficiency and performance assessments are both vital paths to measuring gains in learning and focusing approaches to classroom instruction. For more information on performance and proficiency, refer to page 4 in the ACTFL Performance Descriptors for Language Learners.

The AAPPL Elementary is available in English/ESOL and Spanish.

ACTFL’s website provides more detailed information about the AAPPL, including demos and helpful tools for teachers, such as the AAPPL Conversation builder.  To view the full list of content topics and more, please click here.

About ACTFL:
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is the national association for language education professionals from all levels of instruction and representing all languages. With more than 12,000 active members, ACTFL provides innovative professional development opportunities, acclaimed training and certification programs, and widely cited books, publications, scholarly journals, research studies and language education resources, including Foreign Language Annals and The Language Educator magazine. As part of its mission and vision, the organization provides guidance to the profession and to the general public regarding issues, policies, and best practices related to the teaching and learning of languages and cultures. ACTFL is a leading national voice among language educators and administrators and is guided by a responsibility to set standards and expectations that will result in high quality language programs.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019